“Hey you two, quit canoodling in the kitchen.” said my mother to my husband and I last weekend, when we stole a kiss while doing the dishes. Isn’t that a wonderful word? I first heard it in the 1962 film, The Music Man. If memory serves, it was Buddy Hackett who was musing about canoodling. I thought it was a made up word, much like the song, “Shipoopi” (yes, that’s spelled right) also from The Music Man, hence my confusion. I couldn’t find the Buddy Hackett version, but this one features the delightful Kristin Chinoweth. While I found a few different definitions for canoodling, my favorite is this one from Urban Dictionary: The act of enjoying another’s company by getting close to them. This generally takes place on a couch and activities include but are not limited to: whispering, giggling, hot gossip, pillow talk, and squeezes. It IS socially acceptable to canoodle in areas with others, to a minimal degree, even when some believe it is not. Pillows and blankets are usually associated with canoodling as well. Some restrictions apply, results may vary. I couldn’t have said it better myself.